Message from Msgr. Schwanger


My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

Monday, the 25th of March is the Feast of the Annunciation. On this day we not only celebrate the good news that the angel Gabriel shared with Mary, that she would conceive and bear a son who will be named Jesus and called Son of the Most High, but also the good news that Mary shared with Bernadette on the 25th of March 1858, “I am the Immaculate Conception”. In honor of this special day, members of the Famille Notre Dame de Lourdes are able to receive a plenary indulgence. All of us are eligible to become members of the Famille Notre Dame de Lourdes and if you are interested just send me a note at

The possibility of a plenary indulgence is also offered to anyone who participates in the Virtual Pilgrimage that the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality will bring back to Our Lady of Lourdes on Monday. This year the Virtual Pilgrimage will be presented in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English and French. It is a beautiful evening of pilgrimage where we can enter into the grace of Lourdes right here at home.

The Virtual Pilgrimage is a special blessing for those of us unable to make the pilgrimage to the Sanctuary at Lourdes, France. We will experience touching the Grotto rock, washing with the water of Lourdes, Eucharistic adoration, and the Rosary Candlelight Procession. It is also a great way to find out more about the pilgrimage to Lourdes and how to participate and serve in the Annual Archdiocese of Miami Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The 25th of March is a special day. I invite you to join us and share in the blessing.

Msgr. Schwanger